Dortmund offer Lewandowski to Real Madrid
Published 03/05/2013 | 05:00
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has refused to honour the tradition of entertaining Bayern's directors this weekend. "There have been a couple of irritations recently," he said. "Why should we act as if everything is hunky-dory? There won't be any lunch with Bayern, just a handshake."
With United reporting a steep year-on-year rise in commercial revenue in financial figures released yesterday, the club are expected to have substantial funds for at least one high-profile summer addition to their squad.
Dortmund are determined to resist all attempts by Bayern to take Lewandowski in the wake of the Bundesliga champions' £32m move for Borussia's Mario Gotze, and Dortmund officials are understood to have held informal discussions with the Real hierarchy about the 24-year-old.
United's off-field earnings are likely to prove the bedrock of any summer investment, with the club's commercial revenue of £36m for the three months ended March 31 growing by 31.9pc on the same period 12 months ago. The club's gross debt of £367m has dropped by 16pc since this time last year, falling from £423.3m, despite a 25pc year-on-year rise in wages of £44.9m. (© Daily Telegraph, London)